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Publisher's Summary

It was the end of World War II. FDR's New Deal had redefined American politics. Taxes were at an all-time high. The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had created a fear of total annihilation. The rise of secret government agencies and sanctions on business had many watching their backs. America's sense of freedom was diminishing... and many were desperate to take that freedom back.

Among them was a great dreamer, an immigrant who'd pulled himself from the depths of poverty to become one of the wealthiest and most admired men in the world. That man was Andrew Ryan, and he believed that great men and women deserved better. So he set out to create the impossible: a utopia free from government, from censorship, and from moral restrictions on science, where what you gave was what you got. He created Rapture - the shining city below the sea. But this utopia suffered a great tragedy. This is the story of how it all came to be... and how it all ended.

©2011 Take-Two Interactive Software, Incorporated (P)2012 Tantor

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A great dystopian read

A great dystopian novel that focuses more on how a under water nation came to be made and it's fall. The book can get a bit off by the addition of characters not fully explained (if you haven't played the video games) or major time skips.

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Good for what it is

I had low expectations but this book ended up being pretty good. It was nice to see a good timeline for the creation of Rapture. The writing is mediocre and the narration is good, though the voices he uses for female characters are all a little whiney.

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George Orwell meets system shock in this dystopia

Brings philosophy, politics, history with a mix of a great setting, story and character in Andrew Ryan.

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wow!!! loved it!

must read if you enjoy the video games! I'm gonna have to play back through them again now!

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For fans of the game...

This is just incredible for those that played the game(s). Understanding everything that led up to how the first game starts when your character finds themselves getting into Rapture and the whole game makes so much more sense. I want to play again now knowing all this to see how it enhances the experience.
Wish the narrator didn't try some of the character voices but otherwise an exceptionally good narrative job as well.

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  • Xavi
  • Carson, California USA
  • 03-15-17

This makes the game series even more memorable.

Would you consider the audio edition of Bioshock: Rapture to be better than the print version?

I never knew that BioShock had a book series coming out, but I am more than happy that it does! I saw this in my Audible suggestions, and got it in a heartbeat!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Everything about this story made me misty-eyed with nostalgia and emotion. Every place, character, and situation described and brought up in this gave me flashes of memories and moments. I am so excited about the upcoming books for this series!!

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Great story, not so great narrator

The narrator didn't seem to understand how to properly give an accent to characters from certain areas of the globe. At one point it sounded like someone from Dublin had an Indian accent.

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Amazing

Playing the series and to be a true fan and know more lore on the under water city by this book is worth the listen. I even think it's pays homage to listen to this book and experience the origin of Rapture. The characters were portrayed just right, not like the games at all but once you hear the story being read you'll agree that when replaying the first game again will make you see it for the first time again. love this book.

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Good for fans of the game

Would you consider the audio edition of Bioshock: Rapture to be better than the print version?

I don't read so yes

What did you like best about this story?

I loved all the holes being filled in that I never got while playing the game. It was neat to see how everything tied in together...like the great chain ;)

Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Kafer – was your favorite?

I wasn't particularly impressed by the different voices

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The end

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Unlistenable

How could the performance have been better?

Using a different voice actor. Unfortunately, this one read in an undifferentiated, listless monotone punctuated only by abortive attempts at accents.

Any additional comments?

The book seems to be interesting, but it is hard to appreciate given the narration. As a fan of the video games, I was eager to have the background written out in a novel. I'm going to read this one for myself.